What on earth is French Wine Terrorism? That’s a pretty reasonable question, to be honest, and it’s one I’m fairly used to hearing by this stage. The glib answer is that it’s the topic of my upcoming book with Manchester University Press, Terror and terroir: The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France (due September 2016). In recent times, the word terrorism has come to be … Continue reading French Wine Terrorism
I’ve written before about how important Rugby, Wine and Socialism are in the South of France. I wrote an article in the journal National Identities, called ‘”Je suis socialiste et quinziste “: Rugby, Wine and Socialism in the Aude since 1976′ that said just that. Rugby has been almost as important to the Midi as its winegrowing, and the Languedoc has long been characterised as an historic … Continue reading Rugby, Wine and Socialism – New Find!
The Tour de France is one of France’s most lauded sporting events. It is a huge presence in the memory and identity of many French people and those from farther afield. The retracing of old routes, the blanket media coverage and the sense that it “belongs to the French collective memory of the Twentieth Century” all place it on the pantheon of international sporting events. … Continue reading Wine, Terror and the Tour de France
Recently, I’ve been spending time with old friends. Not actual friends, mind you, most of them I’ve never met. These errant friends are the leaders of the movements I’ve written about from the Languedoc-Roussillon throughout the 1960s and onwards. At the moment, I’m revising a manuscript for Manchester University Press, and re-engaging in a big way with the topic of my thesis – the Comité … Continue reading Character Study: The Christ of the Corbières
France’s recent reorganisation of the regions has been an important step in altering the framework of the nation. Despite its imminence and its broadly popular reception, it has predictably drawn howls of protest from some quarters. Image: Front Cover of COEA, ‘Le Petit Livre de l’Occitanie’ (Nimes, 4 Vertats, 1971). Scanned from book. In the context of my own research, the re-shaping of the South is particularly … Continue reading What’s in a name? Merging the Midi
When Robert Burns satirically eulogised a flea in a ladies bonnet, he intended it as a play upon the juxtaposition of wealth and disgust, setting the piece in the pews of a church. Years after Burns wrote the poem in 1785, another louse was to have a much wider ranging effect on the wealth of Europe. The pest Phylloxera Vastatrix travelled across from America to … Continue reading Phylloxera: To A Louse